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Posts for: October, 2012

October 25, 2012
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Consumer Reports recently came out with a study that demonstrated that there are concerning levels of arsenic in the rice and rice products produced in the United States.  Please note that arsenic poses no acute or immediate threat to anyone eating these products in routine amounts. But there are no federal standards for safe levels of arsenic in our food.  Research is still ongoing. However, since inorganic arsenic is a carcinogen, Northampton Area Pediatrics makes the following recommendations concerning rice intake:

--Avoid all baby rice cereals for children under 1 year old. When introducing solids to your 4-6 month old baby, offer pureed fruits, vegetables, and/or barley or oatmeal based baby cereals.

--Avoid rice milk

--Consider cutting back on rice and rice products overall, and eat white rice rather than brown rice. Consume no more than one serving of rice or rice product (rice cakes, rice crackers, rice-based cereal) per day.

We will be keeping up to date on the current research and present consensus guidelines as they become available.

National teen driver safety week: Focus put on parents setting good example


Crashes are the leading cause of death among teens in the U.S. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that drivers age 16 to 19 years are four times more likely, than older drivers, to get into an accident.

But there are efforts underway, right now in our state, to help teen drivers.  This week, the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is observing the sixth annual, "National Teen Driver Safety Week".  The focus will be on junior operator programs, as well as how to increase seat belt use and cut down on underage drinking. The state is also looking for help from other places.

Parents and other adults are being encouraged to talk to teens before they head out on the road; and also show them what it means to be a responsible driver.  National studies have shown that teens usually learn their bad driving skills from their parents.

October 09, 2012
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Fungal meningitis outbreak latest

Framingham pharmacy recalls all products
Source:  Nicole Nalepa - WWLP

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - The number of people killed by fungal meningitis is going up, and the pharmacy linked to an outbreak of the disease has issued a massive recall.

The "New England Compounding Center" located in Framingham, recalled all of its products as a precaution over the weekend.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say there are now more than 90 confirmed cases of this rare form of fungal meningitis. People in nine states are affected, and it has killed at least seven people.

22News is working for you with some important facts about the disease:

·    Unlike bacterial and viral meningitis, fungal meningitis is NOT spread through human contact.
·    It most likely will affect someone with a weak immune system.
·    Only people who received the steroid injections between July and September are considered to be at risk.

According to the CDC about 75 clinics in 23 states received the injections, and more than 17-thousand vials of the steroids were shipped out before the recall. Experts are still trying to figure out how the fungus got into the medication in the first place.

October 02, 2012
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The following link to the Amercian Academy of Pediatrics website summarizes recent discussions regarding arsenic in rice.

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